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August’s Premier League Report Cards: Everton – Man City

By | 9th September 2008

With one month of Premiership action out of the way, Premiership Talk reviews all twenty teams and grades them based on their early season performances.


SahaOver the summer David Moyes made it clear that he wasn’t happy with the funds that Everton was giving him. The end result has seen Everton make one key signing in the form of Louis Saha, who is yet to appear for the Merseyside club. On opening day the Toffees suffered a last minute defeat against Paul Ince’s Blackburn side, but a victory against West Brom made things start to look up again. An embarrasing 3-0 home defeat against Portsmouth shot Everton right back down the table to 17th. David Moyes’s men have a long way to go, and if they don’t improve then their poor financial status could get worse.

Report Card Grade: D


Fulham are one of only two sides in the league to have played only two matches. If you asked manager Roy Hodgson how many points he expected to have after playing Hull City and Arsenal, I gurantee you he would’ve said 3 points. Things didn’t go as planned on the first day of the season, as the boys from London succumbed to a late 2-1 defeat. At home to Arsenal, though, Fulham delighted their thousands of fans at Craven Cottage and beat the title hopefuls 1-0. It is this fighting spirit that Fulham will need throughout the year if they plan on avoiding relegation in 2008/09. Since things have gone to plan so far, it’s hard to grade Fulham too low – regardless of where they are in the table.

Report Card Grade: B

Hull City

In Premiership Talk’s most recent poll, readers voted Hull City as this year’s biggest surprise package. While the side was tipped for relegation just a month ago, they are now looking like strong mid-table contenders, especially considering their current position of 12th place. A victory over Fulham on opening day was followed up with a solid 1-1 draw with Premiership veterans (and former champions) Blackburn. August ended in huge disappointment as Wigan rolled over Hull 5-0. As long as the Tigers don’t get too disheartened then they should be in a decent position to keep competing with other midtable clubs.

Report Card Grade: B+


“This is Liverpool’s year.” Okay, maybe those aren’t my own words, but we all hear them every year. Who actually believes that any year is Liverpool’s year? I certainly don’t, but the beginning stages of every season only build this hype up. This season is like all others in this respect, as Liverpool remain one of three sides without a loss. With that said, Liverpool have been predictably mediocre in all of their matches. Their first real test comes against Manchester United on Saturday, and if they play in a similar fashion as they did against Middlesbrough and Sunderland then they’ll be in trouble. It’s hard to grade Rafa Benitez’s men too low as they have got almost all victories. A draw against Aston Villa can’t be repeated.

Report Card Grade: B

RobinhoManchester City

It’s hard to write about Manchester City. The team in August will be vastly different from the side we see from here on out. The recent takeover changes everything, and any side with Robinho in the starting eleven has a good chance of beating anyone. All in all, though, City performed admirably in August after their opening day defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. Convincing wins over West Ham and Sunderland were perhaps glimpses into City’s dominant future. January will change this side once again, and City could even be contenders for a Champions League spot.

Report Card Grade: A-

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Reader Comments

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  1. Hull will be going down, there not going to be strong enough to score enough goals. I think the result at Newcastle yesterday was more down to Newcastle having problems than Hull being better than The Magpies.

    Robinho will be one of the better players in the Premier League this season, scored a great free kick last night.

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